Posted by: Chris | 2009-01-22


Hi, I am not sure if I am an asthma sufferer, but I think I have some symptoms that suggest it. I am 42 years old and in good shape (cyclist) and visit the gym 3-4 times a week. I do not think this is an illness that seriously runs in the family – only know of two cousins in their youth that had minor symptoms. In recent years I have struggled with my breathing - it feels that I cannot get enough oxygen in my lungs - and realized by trying to sneeze or yawn temporary relieves these symptoms. These symptoms normally occur when going to bed or after any meal. I have previously (around 2 years ago) asked my physician about this, but he confidently expressed that this was not asthma. What do you think?

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Dear Chris
The best way to diagnose asthma is to do a lung function test - you breathe into a machine and it measures the resistance in your lungs. You can normally have this done at a pulmonologist. Let me know in which area you live and I could maybe give you the name of someone nearby that can do this
Dr Bets

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